S3RCN and Landscape Scenario Research Hits the Road

In the past few months, collaborators with the S3RCN have given several presentations about the network and early results on current trends in landscape change.


On March 12, 2015 Jonathan Thompson gave a presentation titled “Land-use regime shifts in northeast forests: past, present and future” at the Smithsonian Intuition in Washington D.C. The talk was part of an international symposium regarding the future of temperate forest ecosystems.  The following week, Thompson gave a lecture on land-use scenario development and analysis to Clark University graduate students studying GIS and Land Change Science.


Kathy Fallon Lambert, Harvard Forest, gave talks at the Massachusetts Land Trust Conference (March 21), the New England Society of American Foresters Annual meeting (March 26), and the Yale School of Forestry Forest Forum (April 9). She highlighted findings from the Massachusetts Changes to the Land report, introduced the S3RCN, and presented current trends results for forest conversion, conservation, and harvesting.  Please find the presentation here.


“It is incredibly useful and rewarding to hear what science topics interest people most, what concerns they have about the future of the landscape, and what ideas they have for applying scenarios science to their conservation and policy efforts,” said Lambert about the presentations. She noted that people were interested in learning more about the macro-scale drivers of forest conversion to development in New England, the role of forests in climate regulation, and whether data and information will be available at the small watershed and community scale where many land trusts work.


Stay tuned next week for our upcoming webinar next Thursday and a presentation on the project as part of a scenarios session at the annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference in Newport, Rhode Island.




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